Jane Kinney Meyers: President
Jane’s experience in library development and implementation spans over three decades. She has organized libraries for USAID’s Office of Women in Development, Sahel Development Program, Asia Bureau and other office to coordinate them with the USAID Library. At the World Bank, in the early 1980s, Jane established and marketed library and information services in the Bank’s central agricultural advisory department. In the mid- to late-1980s, under a World Bank-financed project in Malawi, Jane managed the establishment of the government’s network of agricultural research libraries and was cited in Science magazine for her innovation in bringing the first CD-ROM to Africa. From the early 1990s through 2001, she served as a consultant to the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, the FAO, the U.S. National Agricultural Library, the USIA’s MLK Jr. Library and Information Resource Center in Zambia, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs. Jane has given invited presentations at conferences of the ALA, SLA, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Library Associations, library schools at the University of Alabama, University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Simmons College, the D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Brooklyn Public Library and the Library of Congress.
Jane’s innovative work on addressing the educational and social isolation of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia led to the incorporation of the Lubuto Library project as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2005. Since that time, as LLP’s CEO, she has worked tirelessly to advocate for the recognition of children’s rights, to better understand and serve the needs of marginalized youth and children, and to establish public youth libraries to fill a critical gap in educational and social frameworks in Africa. Her insights and innovation have been recognized in grants received from the OSISA Foundation, Comic Relief U.K., and a grant award under USAID’s All Children Reading initiative.
Jane holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland. Jane has received wide recognition for her professional achievements. In 2007, she was awarded the Dow Jones Factiva Leadership Award by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and, in 2008, was recognized by the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies as its Distinguished Alumnus of the year. In 2012, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Jane the John Ames Humphrey/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship, its highest honor in international librarianship. The U.K. Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals recognized Jane with its 2010 International Award and, in 2013, the Washington, DC Library Association recognized her outstanding achievements in the development or improvement of library and information services with its Rand Spofford President’s Award.